Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Building Bridges
Semi-final 1 19 May 2015 (2015-05-19)
Semi-final 2 21 May 2015 (2015-05-21)
Final 23 May 2015 (2015-05-23)
Venue Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
Directed by Kurt Pongratz
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Edgar Böhm
Host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Opening act
Interval act
Number of entries 40
Debuting countries  Australia
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries  Ukraine
Voting system Each country/jury awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their top 10 songs.
Nul points
Winning song

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst's win at the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix". This was the second time that Austria hosted the contest; the 1967 edition being the first.

The 2015 contest consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 19 and 21 May, and a final, held on 23 May 2015. The shows were presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer while Conchita Wurst was hosting the green room. Forty countries participated in the contest, with Australia making a guest appearance, and Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia returning. Ukraine, however, announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons around the Ukrainian crisis.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Sweden won the contest for the sixth time, with Måns Zelmerlöw's song "Heroes". Sweden became the first country to win the contest twice in the current format, and this was the country's second win in four years and the 21st century. Italy won the viewers voting with Russia in second place, and Sweden in third place. Sweden won the jury voting, with Latvia in second place and Russia in third place. This is the first time since the juries were reintroduced alongside the televoting in 2009 that the winner did not place first in the televoting. For the first time, the top four of the contest all scored 200 points or better. Russia's entry "A Million Voices" became the first non-winning Eurovision song to score over 300 points. Austria and Germany became the first countries since 2003 to score no points in the final. Austria is also the first host country to score nul points. The 2015 contest also saw the best ever result for Montenegro since its independence. Also, the top two countries of this contest were the same as the top two countries in the 2012 contest, being Sweden and Russia. Over 197 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the 2014 viewing figures by 2 million.



The event took place in Vienna, Austria, with the venue being the Wiener Stadthalle, after Austria won the right to host this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for winning its previous 2014 edition with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix" performed by Conchita Wurst. The Wiener Stadthalle hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament, along with many concerts and events throughout the year and has a capacity of approximately 16,000 attendees.[1]

Bidding phase

After Austria's victory in the 2014 Contest, their delegation revealed the possibility of hosting the contest either in the capital city, Vienna, or in Salzburg.[2] Vienna, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Lower Austria, Graz, Upper Austria, Burgenland, and Vorarlberg were all reportedly interested in hosting the contest; Salzburg pulled out of the bidding phase as the city was not able to meet the cost of the venue and promotion.[3]

Vienna, considered the front-runner, had two venues in the phase: Wiener Stadthalle and the trade fair centre, Messe Wien, with capacities of up to 16,000 and 30,000 attendees respectively. Also in the race were Stadthalle Graz and Schwarzl Freizeit Zentrum, both located in the second largest city of Austria, Graz. With a maximum capacity of 30,000, the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt also joined the race; however, it would require the construction of a roof for the contest to be hosted there. Innsbruck also joined the race with Olympiahalle, which hosted ice hockey and figure skating at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A fifth city, Linz, joined the race with Brucknerhaus, although the venue is not big enough for the contest. Being geographically close to Linz, Wels showed desire to host the event as well.[4] Oberwart, with the Exhibition hall, and Vorarlberg, with the Vorarlberger Landestheater, were the latest cities to declare an interest.

On 29 May 2014, Austrian host public broadcaster ORF and the EBU released some requirements and details about the venue.[5][6] ORF requested interested parties to respond by 13 June 2014.[7]

  • The venue must be available for at least 6 to 7 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest.
  • The venue must not be open-air, but an air-conditioned building with a capacity of at least 10,000 and a minimum ceiling height of 15 metres (49 ft), insulated for sound and light.
  • The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible, with a capacity of 300.
  • An additional room at least 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) in area, to house 2 catering stands, a viewing room, make-up rooms, wardrobe, and booths for approximately 50 commentators.
  • Separate offices to house the press centre, open between 11 and 24 May 2015, at least 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) in area, with a capacity of at least 1,500 journalists.[5]

After the deadline on 13 June 2014, ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:[8] ORF announced on 21 June 2014 that 3 cities (Vienna, Innsbruck, and Graz) had been short-listed in the final stage of the bidding process.[9][10][11] On 6 August 2014, ORF announced the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna as the host venue.[12] The contest was provisionally set to take place on 12, 14 and 16 May 2015, but the dates were later pushed back a week in order to accommodate the candidate cities.[13]

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen host city is marked in red. The cities marked in orange were short-listed cities in the final bidding stage.

Key     Host venue

City Venue Capacity Notes
Graz Stadthalle Graz 11,000 Hosted the 2010 European Men's Handball Championship.
Innsbruck Olympiaworld 10,000 Hosted the figure skating and ice hockey events at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games.
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace
Wiener Stadthalle, Hall D 16,000 Hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament and many events throughout the year.
Vienna International Airport, Parking C[14]
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx[15]
Marx hall
Trabrennbahn Krieau
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion 32,000 Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentrum 10,000

Inclusive traffic lights in Vienna

The city of Vienna introduced temporary new traffic signals for pedestrians on some streets, featuring same-sex couples holding hands or hugging. They were introduced as part of events connected to the theme of tolerance and inclusion in the lead-up to the Eurovision Song Contest.[16]

Traffic lights of the same – copyrighted – design of the kind "Ampelpärchen" (couples for traffic lights) followed before Christopher Street Days in June 2015 in Salzburg and Linz. In Salzburg the initiative SoHo and social democrate mayor Schaden promoted the change of the shape of the LED-lamps. The faceplates in Linz has been financed by sponsors driven by a Facebook-based initiative, but have been removed – without consent – by the new traffic minister of Linz of the party FPÖ in early December 2015.[17][18][19][20]


The competition consisted of two semi-finals and a final, a format which has been in use since 2008. The ten countries with the highest scores in each semi-final qualified to the final where they joined the host nation Austria, the five main sponsoring nations (known as the Big Five): France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and Australia which was invited this year to commemorate the Contest's 60th anniversary.[21]

Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the jury's full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received one point.[22] In the event of a televoting failure (insufficient number of votes/technical issues) or jury failure (technical issue/breach of rules), only one of the methods was used by each country.[23][24] The 2015 contest was the final time that using the 50/50 system and the modern scoring system introduced in 1975 before the format being modified the following year.

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 January 2015 at the Vienna Rathaus and hosted by Andi Knoll and Kati Bellowitsch.[25] The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (hosts Austria, the Big Five and Australia), were split into five pots, based on voting patterns from the previous ten years. The pots were calculated by the televoting partner Digame and were as follows:[26]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Running order

The final running order of the competing performances at the semi-finals and the final were decided by the producers of the show and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor and the Reference Group, as had been done since the 2013 Contest, in contrast to a draw system for the contest's editions up until 2012 (apart from an ongoing draw method for the host country's direct position at the final). Hosts Austria drew their running order position on 16 March 2015 at the heads of delegations meeting, drawing starting position fourteen.[27] The running order of the semi-finals were revealed on 23 March 2015. It was decided that Moldova would open the first semi-final and Lithuania the second. The running order for the grand final was announced shortly after the winners' press conference of the second semi-final, with Slovenia opening the show and Italy performing last.[28]

Graphic design

The graphic design of the contest

On 31 July, the EBU released a new and revamped version of the generic logo as a celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest's 60th anniversary.[29] On 11 September 2014, the slogan for the 2015 Contest was revealed to be "Building Bridges". The Director General of ORF, Alexander Wrabetz, commented in reference to the slogan: "With the song contest in Vienna, we want music to build bridges across borders, cultures and languages. In light of the unifying power of this great common European event, we invite all to build bridges and to join hands."[30] One way of realising the slogan will be introduced in the beginning of the contest's final, as the competing artists will enter the arena via a structure which simulates a "magic bridge" of light.[31] The graphic design of the contest was revealed by the EBU on 25 November 2014.[32] The theme depicts a wave made up of many spheres, meant to symbolise diversity and the bridging of connections and encounters people experience on a constant basis. The colours of the theme intend to highlight individualism whilst simultaneously also representing the building of musical bridges and the diversity and variety of the artists, songs and audience. The theme art will be incorporated in all contest related developments such as crew uniforms, on-air graphics and merchandise.[32]

The postcards of this year's contest also witness the slogan "Building Bridges". In the postcards, each of the clips start with every contestant receiving an invitation to Austria in their home country. More specifically, the invitation is to a region in the host country with all nine Austrian states taking part. The story continues with the contestants making their way to one of the states where they have an individual task to fulfil. The tasks on the journeys vary from culture to sports, from economics to science and tradition to modern.[33] For example, the Austrian postcard features The Makemakes participating in a fun run and in the San Marino postcard, Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini attend an evening at the Vienna Opera Ball.

In this year's contest, all the hashtags for participating countries incorporated the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country codes for them which were displayed on the television screen, preceded by the names of the performing countries. For example, the first country in semifinal 1, Moldova, which would normally have been displayed as "01 Moldova"; became "01 Moldova #MDA" under the new changes. When the hashtags were used on Twitter, they became "hashflags", and appeared by the accompanying of a heart symbol with the flag of the country of the hashtag.[34]


On 19 December 2014, ORF announced that Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer were the hosts of the 60th contest; the all-female trio was the first in history to host the contest. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, Conchita Wurst was also chosen as host of the green room.[35]

Weichselbraun is an actress and presenter known for hosting such productions as the annual Life Ball charity event, the Vienna Opera Ball and the TV show Dancing Stars since 2005, which has earned her the Austrian Romy television award in 2006 and 2008. Tumler is of Austrian-French descent and speaks five languages fluently: German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. She began her television career in 2004 with French music channel TraceTV, later working for Arte and France 3, and has hosted The KORA All Africa Music Awards in South Africa. Since 2013, she has hosted the talent show Die große Chance alongside Andi Knoll. Kiesbauer is a presenter, writer and actress who started her career at the Austrian public broadcaster in 1989, but is probably most known for presenting her own talk show in Germany from 1994 to 2004 on ProSieben. Since 2008 she has been an ambassador for integration in the team of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration. In 2013, she received the Golden Medal of the Republic of Austria for her commitment to tolerance and the fight against racism.[35]

National host broadcaster

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster ORF and the EBU in late May 2014, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Edgar Böhm, who is the Head of Entertainment at ORF, was announced as the executive producer.[36]


On 10 February 2015, it was announced that thirty-nine countries (forty including Australia) would participate in the 2015 Contest.[37] Cyprus and Serbia returned after one-year absences, the Czech Republic returned after a five-year absence, while Ukraine withdrew.[37] Australia made its debut as a guest participant. The deadline to apply for participation was 15 September 2014. Countries that applied had until 10 October 2014 to withdraw from participation without financial consequences.[38]

Invitation of Australia

On 10 February 2015, the EBU announced that in honour of the 60th anniversary of Eurovision, it had invited Australia to participate in the finals of the contest, represented by Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). SBS had been a long-time broadcaster of the event, which has had a large following in Australia. The Australian entry was placed directly in the grand final. Although it was considered a one-off event, if Australia were to win, SBS would have co-hosted the 2016 contest in a European host city of its choice. The EBU considered the possibility of similarly inviting countries to participate in future editions of the contest. Australia's participation brought the number of the finalists up to 27, the highest number of entries in a final in the contest's history.[21][39]

Returning artists

Inga Arshakyan, who was part of Genealogy in 2015, represented Armenia in 2009, collaborating with her sister as part of Inga and Anush.[40] Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini both previously represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Perniola took part in 2013, and Simoncini took part in 2014 as part of The Peppermints.[41] Amber, who represented Malta, was a backing vocalist for the Maltese entry in Malta. Uzari, who represented Belarus, was a backing vocalist for the Belarusian entry in Belarus.[42]

Elnur Hüseynov, who was Azerbaijan's debut representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, as part of the duo Elnur and Samir, was internally selected to represent the nation for a second time.[43] Raay, who is a part of the Slovene duo Maraaya, was a backing musical performer for the Slovene entry in Slovenia.[44] Hera Björk, who previously represented Iceland in 2010, returned as a backing singer for Iceland's entry.[45] Nicolas Dorian, part of Witloof Bay, Belgium representatives in 2011, was part of the backing vocalists of Loic Nottet.

Semi-final 1

16 countries took part in the first semi-final. Australia,[46] Austria, France and Spain voted in this semi-final.[47] The ten songs in places 1 to 10 qualified for the final and are marked in orange.

Draw[48] Country[49] Artist[49] Song[49] Language Place[49] Points
01  Moldova Eduard Romanyuta "I Want Your Love" English 11 41
02  Armenia Genealogy "Face the Shadow" English 7 77
03  Belgium Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside" English 2 149
04  Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along" English 14 33
05  Finland Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät "Aina mun pitää" Finnish 16 13
06  Greece Maria Elena Kyriakou "One Last Breath" English 6 81
07  Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" English 3 105
08  Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves" English 15 28
09  Serbia Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies" English 9 63
10  Hungary Boggie "Wars for Nothing" English 8 67
11  Belarus Uzari & Maimuna "Time" English 12 39
12  Russia Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices" English 1 182
13  Denmark Anti Social Media "The Way You Are" English 13 33
14  Albania Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive" English 10 62
15  Romania Voltaj "De la capăt" Romanian, English 5 89
16  Georgia Nina Sublatti "Warrior" English 4 98

Semi-final 2

17 countries took part in this semi-final. Australia,[46] Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[47] The ten songs in places 1 to 10 qualified for the final and are marked in orange.

Draw[48] Country[50] Artist[50] Song[50] Language Place[50] Points
01  Lithuania Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila "This Time" English 7 67
02  Ireland Molly Sterling "Playing with Numbers" English 12 35
03  San Marino Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola "Chain of Lights" English 16 11
04  Montenegro Knez "Adio" Montenegrin 9 57
05  Malta Amber "Warrior" English 11 43
06  Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" English 4 123
07  Portugal Leonor Andrade "Há um mar que nos separa" Portuguese 14 19
08  Czech Republic Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta "Hope Never Dies" English 13 33
09  Israel Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy" English 3 151
10  Latvia Aminata "Love Injected" English 2 155
11  Azerbaijan Elnur Huseynov "Hour of the Wolf" English 10 53
12  Iceland Maria Olafs "Unbroken" English 15 14
13  Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" English 1 217
14   Switzerland Mélanie René "Time to Shine" English 17 4
15  Cyprus John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done" English 6 87
16  Slovenia Maraaya "Here for You" English 5 92
17  Poland Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love" English 8 57


As in the 2014 contest, the winner was announced as soon as it was mathematically impossible to catch up. In this case, the winner had been determined by the 36th vote, which came from Cyprus.

Draw[51] Country[52] Artist[52] Song[52] Language Place[52] Points
01  Slovenia Maraaya "Here for You" English 14 39
02  France Lisa Angell "N'oubliez pas" French 25 4
03  Israel Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy" English 9 97
04  Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" English 7 106
05  United Kingdom Electro Velvet "Still in Love with You" English 24 5
06  Armenia Genealogy "Face the Shadow" English 16 34
07  Lithuania Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila "This Time" English 18 30
08  Serbia Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies" English 10 53
09  Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" English 8 102
10  Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" English 1 365
11  Cyprus John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done" English 22 11
12  Australia Guy Sebastian "Tonight Again" English 5 196
13  Belgium Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside" English 4 217
14  Austria The Makemakes "I Am Yours" English 26a 0
15  Greece Maria Elena Kyriakou "One Last Breath" English 19 23
16  Montenegro Knez "Adio" Montenegrin 13 44
17  Germany Ann Sophie "Black Smoke" English 27 0
18  Poland Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love" English 23 10
19  Latvia Aminata "Love Injected" English 6 186
20  Romania Voltaj "De la capăt" Romanian, English 15 35
21  Spain Edurne "Amanecer" Spanish 21 15
22  Hungary Boggie "Wars for Nothing" English 20 19
23  Georgia Nina Sublatti "Warrior" English 11 51
24  Azerbaijan Elnur Huseynov "Hour of the Wolf" English 12 49
25  Russia Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices" English 2 303
26  Albania Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive" English 17 34
27  Italy Il Volo "Grande amore" Italian 3 292
a. ^ While Austria and Germany both finished with no points, Austria is listed as finishing "ahead" of Germany due to the tiebreaker rule that favours the song performed earliest in the running order.[53]


Semi-final 1

Voting procedure used:
  50% jury and televote
  100% jury vote
Voting results[54]
Moldova 41 65552810
Armenia 77 41257771251854
Belgium 149 51121261067106812675861210
Netherlands 33 6351713223
Finland 13 44212
Greece 81 3836214633512646432
Estonia 105 245884228810823510412
Macedonia 28 1212103
Serbia 63 57421244411271
Hungary 67 44712824310256
Belarus 39 8736312
Russia 182 7108101012881012121071271012107
Denmark 33 21311775411
Albania 62 6101010136376
Romania 89 1237265335216811888
Georgia 98 101221586316107544725

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semifinal:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
5 RussiaAustria, Belarus, Greece, Hungary, Romania
4 BelgiumDenmark, Finland, France, Netherlands
2 ArmeniaBelgium, Russia
SerbiaAustralia, Macedonia
1 BelarusGeorgia

Semi-final 2

Voting procedure used:
  50% jury and televote
  100% jury vote
Voting results[56]
Lithuania 67 734101410743743
Ireland 35 25254231128
San Marino 11 56
Montenegro 57 3567210712104
Malta 43 3710410315
Norway 123 8486587171012106668722
Portugal 19 436411
Czech Republic 33 14111811384
Israel 151 486310810238810710510781212
Latvia 155 1212107778267888871010810
Azerbaijan 53 678310324532
Iceland 14 122522
Sweden 217 1010128121212121212412121212121212107
Switzerland 4 1111
Cyprus 87 36226656565746576
Slovenia 92 7112344368126435563
Poland 57 556525352421354

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semifinal:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
14 SwedenAustralia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland
2 IsraelItaly, United Kingdom
LatviaIreland, Lithuania
SloveniaAzerbaijan, Montenegro
1 NorwaySweden


This is the first time since the juries were reintroduced alongside the televoting in 2009 that the winner was not placed first in the televoting.[58]

Voting procedure used:
  50% jury and televote
  100% jury vote
  100% Televoting
Voting results (voting order)[59]
Slovenia 39 413351841621
France 4 31
Israel 97 3531257163452125542856471
Estonia 106 13107446262323362784237212312
United Kingdom 5 113
Armenia 34 143323612
Lithuania 30 7174623
Serbia 53 12255331061123
Norway 102 246231047442444533651064
Sweden 365 51012481078612812121287101012108751210121010121087121210128107
Cyprus 11 101
Australia 196 6552634538842151277122810388748684105
Belgium 217 77781644721242108666513123712541057477576
Austria 0
Greece 23 1058
Montenegro 44 621282410
Germany 0
Poland 10 4321
Latvia 186 463552514477212567541757122102124738264
Romania 35 122551514
Spain 15 21115113
Hungary 19 411148
Georgia 51 23510110143651
Azerbaijan 49 8833122310
Russia 303 77881012810121010107101012861210810865666681035210125
Albania 34 106612
Italy 292 61221212112788756866683871210782817712121061251238

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
12 SwedenAustralia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom
9 ItalyAlbania, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain
5 RussiaArmenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Germany
3 BelgiumFrance, Hungary, Netherlands
LatviaIreland, Lithuania, San Marino
2 AustraliaAustria, Sweden
1 AlbaniaMacedonia
AzerbaijanCzech Republic

Other countries

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[61] The EBU issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 Contest to all 56 active members.[61] Thirty-nine countries confirmed their participation,[37] whilst the following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active EBU members

  •  Andorra – On 17 June 2014, Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) confirmed that Andorra would not return to the contest in 2015.[62]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Bosnian broadcaster, Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT), had submitted a provisional application to participate in the 2015 Contest,[63] whilst they determined how to fund the participation fees.[64] This application was subject to change and participation could subsequently be withdrawn.[65] On 17 November 2014, the broadcaster announced that they had withdrawn their application to participate at the forthcoming contest because of financial reasons.[66]
  •  Bulgaria – Despite sending a preliminary application to participate,[67] on 10 October 2014 the Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced that it would not return to the contest because of financial reasons.[68] On 31 October 2014, BNT confirmed that they had not yet taken a final decision on participation at the 2015 contest, and that the EBU had given them extra time to resolve outstanding budget issues.[69] However, on 18 December 2014, BNT confirmed via their official Eurovision Twitter account that they would not take part in the 2015 Contest.[70]
  •  Croatia – On 26 September 2014, Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) confirmed that Croatia would not participate in the 2015 contest.[71]
  •  LebanonTélé Liban (TL) confirmed on 15 September 2014 that Lebanon would not be making their debut in Vienna.[72] Lebanon were initially going to make their debut at the 2005 contest, but they pulled out prior to the contest.[73]
  •  Luxembourg – On 31 July 2014, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[74] However, it was reported on 26 October 2014 that the country's Minister of Culture, Maggy Nagel, expressed her desire for the country to return to the contest.[75][76][77] This was later confirmed by Nagel to be a "misunderstanding" and that the country would not be returning.[78] A collaboration with San Marino had been proposed by the broadcaster SMRTV and singer Thierry Mersch,[79][80] but later SMRTV clarified that there have only been talks between the two countries and the broadcaster is evaluating other proposals.[81] However, on 24 November 2014, it was announced that Mersch had failed to raise the necessary funds in time for the project to move forward.[82]
  •  Monaco – Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed on 20 June 2014 that Monaco would not return to the contest in 2015.[83]
  •  Morocco – Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) confirmed on 31 October 2014 that Morocco would not return to the contest in 2015.[84]
  •  Slovakia – On 26 August 2014, Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) announced that Slovakia would not return to the contest in 2015 because of financial restrictions and an incompatibility between the contest format and the programming goals of the broadcaster.[85]
  •  Turkey – Though the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) announced that Turkey would not be participating in the 2014 for the second year in a row, it was later reported that a return in the 2015 Contest could be possible with Eurovision event supervisor Sietse Bakker tweeting about the possibility of the country's return.[86][87] In late August 2014, it was reported that international public relations officer for TRT, Yağmur Tüzün, stated that Turkey would not be returning to the contest in 2015 and that TRT currently has no plans to return to the competition.[88][89] The non-participation was further confirmed on 5 September 2014.[90]
  •  Ukraine – On 19 September 2014, Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) announced that Ukraine would not be participating in the contest because of financial reasons and the ongoing armed conflict in the country.[91][92] On 16 September 2015, it was announced that Ukraine would return to the contest in 2016.[93]

Require active EBU membership

  •  Liechtenstein – The Liechtenstein broadcaster 1FLTV suspended its plans to join the EBU because of lack of funding.[94]


Anti-booing technology

During the results, loud boos could be heard whenever Russia was mentioned or the country received one of the top three high points.[95] The Russian entrant Polina Gagarina could be seen crying in the green room during the voting procedure, and this was reported by various media to have occurred as a result of the booing.[96] During a break in the countries' reporting of their votes, when the running total showed Russia leading, Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst announced to Gagarina, "You gave an amazing performance, and you deserve to be in the lead."[95] The Executive Supervisor of ESC, Jon Ola Sand, urged that Eurovision should be a "friendly battlefield....not a political battleground",[97] and presenter Alice Tumler reminded the audience that "Our motto is 'Building Bridges', and music should stand over politics tonight...". The organisers had anticipated such reactions, and had prepared and installed 'anti-booing technology' which was deployed for the first time in Eurovision broadcasting history.[98]

Smoke machine malfunction

During the performance of Georgia in the grand final, a smoke machine malfunctioned, causing the Georgian entrant Nina Sublatti to disappear temporarily on the stage in a cloud of grey smoke.[99]

Macedonia and Montenegro jury results excluded

The jury votes from Macedonia and Montenegro in the final were not included, in accordance to the rulebook of the ESC. The rules for voting indicate that votes must be 50% jurors, 50% televoting, but Macedonia's and Montenegro's voting was 100% televoting. The final result of the contest was not affected.[100][101]

Other awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, the OGAE voting poll and the Barbara Dex Awards are awards that were contested by the entries competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, in addition to the main winner’s trophy.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia, honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and the current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys and the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[102] The awards were divided into three categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award. The winners were revealed shortly before the final on 23 May.[103]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Artistic Award  Sweden "Heroes" Måns Zelmerlöw Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb
Composer Award  Norway "A Monster Like Me" Mørland & Debrah Scarlett Kjetil Mørland
Press Award  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo Francesco Boccia, Ciro Esposito


Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[104] The organisation consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit company.[105] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll ran from 1 May 2015 and ended on 10 May 2015, allowing members from forty clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2015 contest.[106] The table below shows the top five overall results, after votes from forty-one OGAE clubs had been cast.[107]

Country Performer(s) Song OGAE result[107]
 Italy Il Volo "Grande amore" 367
 Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 338
 Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" 274
 Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" 243
 Slovenia Maraaya "Here for You" 228

Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award, annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016, and since 2017 by, is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore a dress she designed herself.[108]

Place[109] Country[109] Performer(s)[109] Votes[109]
1  Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis 1,324
2  Serbia Bojana Stamenov 605
3  United Kingdom Electro Velvet 397
4  Albania Elhaida Dani 263
5  Romania Voltaj 237

International broadcasts and voting

It was reported by the EBU that the 2015 Contest was viewed by a worldwide television audience of a record breaking 197 million viewers,[110] beating the 2014 record which was viewed by 195 million.[111]

Voting and spokespersons

The voting order was revealed the morning of the final, and for the only time in Eurovision history to date, the names of all the spokespersons were displayed onscreen. However, because of technical problems in some countries the final voting order was the following:[112]

  1.  MontenegroAndrea Demirović (Montenegrin representative in the 2009 Contest)
  2.  MaltaJulie Zahra (Maltese representative in the 2004 Contest along with Ludwig Galea)
  3.  FinlandKrista Siegfrids (Finnish representative in the 2013 Contest)
  4.  GreeceHelena Paparizou (Greek representative in the 2001 Contest as part of Antique, winner of the 2005 Contest)
  5.  Romania – Sonia Argint Ionescu
  6.  BelarusTeo (Belarusian representative in the 2014 Contest)
  7.  AlbaniaAndri Xhahu
  8.  Moldova – Olivia Furtună
  9.  Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
  10.  Latvia – Markus Riva
  11.  Serbia – Maja Nikolić
  12.  DenmarkBasim (Danish representative in the 2014 Contest)
  13.   SwitzerlandLaetitia Guarino
  14.  Belgium – Walid
  15.  FranceVirginie Guilhaume
  16.  Armenia – Lilit Muradyan
  17.  IrelandNicky Byrne (Irish representative in the 2016 Contest)
  18.  SwedenMariette Hansson
  19.  GermanyBarbara Schöneberger
  20.  AustraliaLee Lin Chin
  21.  Czech Republic – Daniela Písařovicová
  22.  Spain – Lara Siscar
  23.  AustriaKati Bellowitsch
  24.  Macedonia – Marko Mark
  25.  SloveniaTinkara Kovač (Slovene representative in the 2014 Contest)
  26.  HungaryCsilla Tatár
  27.  United KingdomNigella Lawson
  28.  Lithuania – Ugnė Galadauskaitė
  29.  NetherlandsEdsilia Rombley (Dutch representative in the 1998 and 2007 Contests)
  30.  Poland – Ola Ciupa (backing dancer for Poland, 2014)
  31.  Israel – Ofer Nachshon
  32.  Russia – Dmitry Shepelev (Green room host of the 2009 Contest)
  33.  San MarinoValentina Monetta (Sammarinese representative in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017 Contests)
  34.  Italy – Federico Russo
  35.  Iceland – Sigríður Halldórsdóttir
  36.  Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
  37.  NorwayMargrethe Røed
  38.  PortugalSuzy (Portuguese representative in the 2014 Contest)1
  39.  EstoniaTanja (Estonian representative in the 2014 Contest)1
  40.  Georgia – Natia Bunturi1

1.^ Portugal, Estonia and Georgia were originally scheduled to announce their votes as the 5th, 13th and 30th countries, respectively, but instead voted 38th, 39th and 40th, respectively, after all the other countries announced their votes. The reason for this was technical difficulties in the minutes running up to the voting presentation.[112]


Most countries sent commentators to Vienna or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Non-participating countries

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest
Released 20 April 2015
Genre Pop
  • 58:43 (CD 1)
  • 61:50 (CD 2)
Label Universal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014
Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2016

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015 is the official compilation album of the 2015 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and was released by Universal Music Group on 20 April 2015. The album features all 40 songs that entered in the 2015 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[174]

CD 1
1."I'm Alive" (Albania)Elhaida Dani3:00
2."Face the Shadow" (Armenia)Genealogy3:02
3."I Am Yours" (Austria)The Makemakes3:00
4."Tonight Again" (Australia)Guy Sebastian3:02
5."Hour of the Wolf" (Azerbaijan)Elnur Hüseynov2:59
6."Rhythm Inside" (Belgium)Loïc Nottet2:53
7."Time" (Belarus)Uzari & Maimuna3:03
8."Time to Shine" (Switzerland)Mélanie René3:02
9."One Thing I Should Have Done" (Cyprus)John Karayiannis3:03
10."Hope Never Dies" (Czech Republic)Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta3:04
11."Black Smoke" (Germany)Ann Sophie3:12
12."The Way You Are" (Denmark)Anti Social Media3:05
13."Goodbye to Yesterday" (Estonia)Elina Born & Stig Rästa3:00
14."Amanecer" (Spain)Edurne3:04
15."Aina mun pitää" (Finland)Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät1:27
16."N'oubliez pas" (France)Lisa Angell3:00
17."Still in Love with You" (United Kingdom)Electro Velvet2:53
18."Warrior" (Georgia)Nina Sublatti3:01
19."One Last Breath" (Greece)Maria Elena Kyriakou2:56
20."Wars for Nothing" (Hungary)Boggie2:57
Total length:58:43
CD 2
1."Playing with Numbers" (Ireland)Molly Sterling3:05
2."Golden Boy" (Israel)Nadav Guedj3:00
3."Unbroken" (Iceland)María Ólafs3:04
4."Grande amore" (Italy)Il Volo3:01
5."This Time" (Lithuania)Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila3:10
6."Love Injected" (Latvia)Aminata3:00
7."I Want Your Love" (Moldova)Eduard Romanyuta2:59
8."Adio" (Montenegro)Knez3:02
9."Autumn Leaves" (Macedonia)Daniel Kajmakoski3:02
10."Warrior" (Malta)Amber2:59
11."Walk Along" (Netherlands)Trijntje Oosterhuis3:03
12."A Monster Like Me" (Norway)Mørland & Debrah Scarlett3:04
13."In the Name of Love" (Poland)Monika Kuszyńska2:56
14."Há um mar que nos separa" (Portugal)Leonor Andrade3:00
15."De la capăt (All over Again)" (Romania)Voltaj3:00
16."Beauty Never Lies" (Serbia)Bojana Stamenov2:55
17."A Million Voices" (Russia)Polina Gagarina3:07
18."Heroes" (Sweden)Måns Zelmerlöw3:11
19."Here for You" (Slovenia)Maraaya2:58
20."Chain of Lights" (San Marino)Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini3:01
Total length:60:37

Charts and certifications

Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[175] 4
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[176] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[177] 11


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